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Georgia will need a strong finish over the next six weeks to maintain its record-breaking streak in football recruiting. The Bulldogs are the nation’s only team to place in the top 10 of the Rivals.com recruiting rankings each year since 2002.

Georgia has struggled some in assembling this year’s recruiting class, with the team’s 0-2 start and speculation over Mark Richt’s future as contributing factors.

The Bulldogs dropped back to No. 22 in this year’s Rivals rankings before bumping up to No. 16 after recently landing 5-star tailback Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C.

Here are five of Georgia’s top remaining targets:

RB Todd Gurley (247Sports.com)

RB Todd Gurley (247Sports.com)

Todd Gurley, RB, Tarboro, N.C.: The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder is one of the Southeast’s hottest prospects after leading his team to the state championship (242 yards rushing and four touchdowns) and winning MVP honors at the Shrine Bowl all-star game for players from North Carolina and South Carolina (119 yards and two TDs). While his buddy Marshall is known for his raw speed, Gurley is a big and physical runner who also has respectable speed —   he ran track for Team USA in the 110-meter hurdles last summer in Europe. North Carolina and Georgia are rumored to be the frontunners for Gurley, who also has Clemson and N.C. State on his short list. Marshall, who took an official visit to Georgia the same time as Gurley in September, has gone public with his intentions to recruit his buddy to play with him in the Bulldogs’ offensive backfield.

Josh Harvey-Clemons (AJC)

S-LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (AJC)

Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB-S, Lowndes: The 6-5, 200-pounder is an AJC Super 11 selection and one of the state’s most versatile athletes. Both Georgia and Florida are recruiting Harvey-Clemons at outside linebacker, while Alabama projects him to play wide receiver. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is in charge of recruiting Harvey-Clemons, who will visit Georgia on Jan. 20. “Bobo has done a good job in South Georgia with the last couple of recruiting classes, and it looks like this one might come down to Georgia and Florida,” said Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports.

DE Jordan Jenkins (AJC)

DE-LB Jordan Jenkins (AJC)

Jordan Jenkins, DE-LB, Harris County: There may not be another top prospect who Georgia has made bigger strides in recent months than Jenkins, another AJC Super 11 selection. The 6-3, 250-pound Jenkins nearly canceled his official visit to Georgia on two separate occasions due to speculation about Richt before finally making the recruiting trip last month. Jenkins and his family are especially high on Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and spent most of the visit with him. Alabama has been the longtime frontrunner for Jenkins but Georgia has made advances. “Ever since making that visit, in talking with Jordan or a family member, Georgia has been mentioned,” Mansell said. “Georgia hasn’t given up on Jordan. They are recruiting him as hard as anybody. Right now, I still see Alabama as the team to beat, but Georgia has made a lot of progress in recent weeks.”

OL Avery Young (247sports)

OL Avery Young (247sports.com)

Avery Young, OL, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.: The 6-6, 270-pounder is the nephew of former Georgia standout Thomas Davis and lived in the Atlanta area when he was younger. The Bulldogs are determined to sign six offensive linemen, and have four committed, with Young the top remaining priority. Young has already taken official visits to Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Florida. He may visit Clemson or Oklahoma in January. “Avery is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the Southeast at any position; after seeing him play, he can pass block as well as anybody,” Mansell said. “He told me last week that Georgia and Auburn were his top two, and then [Auburn offensive coordinator] Gus Malzhan left for Arkansas State. I would think that would open up a little room for Georgia. Florida will be in the mix once they hire an offensive coordinator, and Alabama has been down there to talk to him in person. He’s definitely going to wait to announce until signing day, but Georgia will definitely be in it for him.”

WR Cordarrelle Patterson (247Sports0

WR Cordarrelle Patterson (247Sports.com)

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Hutchinson, Kan.: The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is considered the No. 1 overall prospect out of the junior-college ranks. He’s an explosive playmaker, returning six kickoffs for touchdowns and setting several offensive records at Hutchinson. “He is a game-changer, and he can play immediately — wherever he chooses,” Mansell said. “It looks like a Georgia-vs.-Tennessee battle, and Arkansas could come into it.” Patterson’s quarterback from high school, Justin Worley, plays at Tennessee, which may factor into the decision. Patterson was going to be a mid-year transfer but will wait until the summer to enroll in his new school.

What about Georgia Tech? Check back next week for who is on the wishlist for the Yellow Jackets.

  • Two Stephenson High School seniors are looking for new schools after coaching changes — OL Nicholas Gibbons, who had been committed to Memphis, and RB TJ Moon, who was pledged to Florida Atlantic. Both were recruited by the previous college coaching staffs, and the new coaches “wanted to move in a different direction,” according to Stephenson assistant Corey Johnson.
  • Basketball: Georgia’s 2013 class of prospects is nowhere near as deep and talented as this year’s crop, but one of the best is Brannen Greene, a 6-foot-7 junior from Mary Persons High School. Greene committed to Kansas over Louisville, Ohio State, UConn, Memphis and Florida State on Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets. Greene is averaging 24 points and 14 rebounds for Mary Persons this season as a junior.
  • Cross country: Brookwood’s Caroline Kissel has committed to Georgia Tech. She is a seven-time individual region champion in track and cross country, and has the third-fastest time in 1,600 meters in school history.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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220 comments Add your comment

MATT C

December 21st, 2011
2:54 am

junkyard dawgs

December 21st, 2011
3:11 am

go dawgs 2nd

NewnanRxDawg

December 21st, 2011
3:44 am

Avery Young should be at the top of the list. We need OL depth now! If we sign 4 of these 5, we should continue the top 10 recruiting streak. GO Dawgs

RedandBlackDawg

December 21st, 2011
3:45 am

I read an article on the ESPN web site, and they have UGA sitting as the 7th ranked team now, since they signed Marshall and the offensive JUCO lineman. They dropped Auburn out of the top ten, after the 5 star RB switched to Alabama after they had a verbal from him. They also don’t have LSU, right now ahead of UGA. They have Texas as number 1 and I believe Alabama as number three.
There sure seems to be a lot of difference between one rating service in another. I think UGA will be just fine, if we pick up one more RB and two more OL’s. They will have done the most important thing in recruiting and that is filling your needs and in addition, creating some depth for the team.

Baloneyismyfirstname!

December 21st, 2011
3:47 am

Yes, you were the first sucks. And the lamest. Congrats!!!

Mountain Dawg

December 21st, 2011
4:29 am

We can sign 5-Star Running Backs ’til the cows come home, but they ain’t gonna do Jack without some BIG BOYS leading the way. We need Avery now!

slydog

December 21st, 2011
4:47 am

Well, Well. All we need is Avery Young, Patterson, and Harvey-Clemons. Gurly and Jenkins would be a nice bonus. And 3 of them has dreds, you haters…lol.

T-DAWG

December 21st, 2011
5:22 am

ALL 5 of them of course, and why not??? Go get’um Dawgs!

Old Boy

December 21st, 2011
5:41 am

If we can get Avery Young and keep the OL we already have, this could be the best OL signing class we have ever had. That would make us almost unstoppable on offense in about 3 years.

dap01

December 21st, 2011
6:03 am

Comparing CMR to any other coach in the SEC, you will realize that CMR is the class of college football. He won’t oversign you or step over you if you need CPR (Saban), he won’t buy a qb (Auburn), he has coordinators (unlike FLA).

UGA is building something special. 2012 is going to be a great year.

Remarkable

December 21st, 2011
6:06 am

I voted for Avery too but Josh Harvey-Clemons is also a big need in two areas. Let’s see another Dream Team here. UGA is only a few recruits away from being a serious contender for a national championship. We just need more depth.

Paddy

December 21st, 2011
6:19 am

Mr. Patterson…..any place but Arkansas. That coward still coaches there.

tenn.DAWG

December 21st, 2011
6:20 am

With turmoil on all the coaching staffs mentioned,auburn,uf,utk,nc,and such,UGA should have somewhat of an advantage.I can’t believe any of them would want to go where they’re not sure about who would be their coach.

Achtung

December 21st, 2011
6:26 am

Gurley is very underrated by some, one recruiting service moved him up to one of the top 50 players regardless of position, in the country. He ran track meets in Europe last year because he’s one of the nation’s top track athletes and he’s over 200 pounds. He had over 240 yards and willed his team to victory in the state championship and was the MVP last week in the North Carolina/South Carolina all star game. Gurley had about 120 yards and a couple of touchdowns in that game and had a 96 yard run called back. He is big, and fast but plays with passion. His intangibles are like Tebow.

UGA

December 21st, 2011
6:26 am

This list is false

Realist

December 21st, 2011
6:31 am

Looks like another Who’s Who of Police Line ups

No Problem Mon

December 21st, 2011
6:33 am

When did the Jamaica Bobsled team (Avery) start playing American Football?

Destin Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
6:37 am

coaching turmoil at Fla. Auburn and Tenn. should help the Dawgs plus.. coach Grantham’s new improved Junkyard Defense.. these kids will get coached up bigtime !! Go Dawgs beat Michigan State !!

Destin Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
6:40 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State University education, plus bigtime Sports ” in a great college town Athens, Ga… lets hope we get ‘em all !!

Old Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
6:46 am

Big problems at Awlbarn and the Swamp means these kids should go to UGA !! great next couple years for the Bull Dawgs.. beat Michigan State !!

NCDawg

December 21st, 2011
6:49 am

What about Mike Davis? I agree Gurley is a nice complement to Marshall, but could we get 3 top RB’s in this class?

DawgFan Woof woof woof

December 21st, 2011
6:50 am

Voted for Young bc of immediate OL needs. Though my perfect Christmas includes all of them! So much talent we would have to be a BCS contender for a couple of years. Merry Christmas and goooooooooooooo DAWGs!!!!!!!

Lars Taint

December 21st, 2011
6:53 am

UGA finished 15th in the rivals rankings in 2010.

Columbus Dawg

December 21st, 2011
6:54 am

Did Jenkins ever learn how to tackle? I saw him play in three games for Harris County, in two of them he got in the backfield just fine, then he looked like he grabbed the running back around the waist, then began to play ring around the rosie with him, next thing you know the running back is running down the sideline for a big gain. I have a family member on the Harris County team, and has always said he thought Bama was the team to beat for Jenkins. One of Jenkins family members said that she thought UGA had a good chance to get him. He is one who wants a lot of attention, though.

Manowar

December 21st, 2011
6:54 am

@Lars, the fourth sentence of the Rivals article reads .. … “The only school to rank in the top 10 each year has been GEORGIA.”

http://uga.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1238729

Old Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
6:56 am

Realist = racist = GT techie with no life

Destin Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
6:58 am

any 2 or more of these kids would be a great Christmas present !

Blind Willie

December 21st, 2011
7:05 am

A. Young is a Georgia lean. Josh Harvey-Clemmons is a Florida lean (Bobo and Grantham are working hard on him). Possible to get Gurley-North Carolina is making him their No. 1 priority. Don’t think we will make up the difference with Jenkins. There are some other teams committs that are considering flipping because of the turmoil at those schools (Auburn).

Saban

December 21st, 2011
7:08 am

If they come to Alabama and happen to get injured, I’ll take away their scholly!

Lars Taint

December 21st, 2011
7:20 am

Michael Carvell,
UGA finished 15th in the Rivals rankings in 2010. I’m not sure where you got the false info that you keep saying over and over again, but if you go check the Rivals website, you can look at team rankings from previous years and see that UGA did not finish in the top 10 two years ago.

Michael Carvell

December 21st, 2011
7:21 am

Thanks Lars, I cited the Rivals article about UGA’s streak since 2002, which another reader linked: http://uga.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1238729

I will follow up with Rivals. Thanks for your help.

JB

December 21st, 2011
7:22 am

I like that the Dawgs are swinging for the fences for these guys, but there are many under the radar lunch pail type guys, who are 3 star who with coaching and the weight room could turn in to 4 stars guys on campus( see David Pollock, 3 star fullback turned into a 2 time 5 star All American). I know these guys aren’t sexy for the mags, but they usually have big hearts, great attitude and work ethics.
Would like to see a few of them in Athens.

My Dawg

December 21st, 2011
7:23 am

You have to have the Big Dawgs up front if you want to be an SEC contender. Given time, AM has picked apart defenses. When he is harassed the outcome has not been good. I hope we continue to see the fire and determination from coaches and players after the contract extensions are signed. Ga has no more than two years with Grantham before the multi million $ head coaching contract comes calling. I would love to see all these young men end up at Ga. Go Dawgs!

JB

December 21st, 2011
7:27 am

I don’t see Grantham as a head coach…..But after this years results and certainly
Dawgs will be a top 10 in defense next year, I look for an NFL team to come after him for a DC job at say 3 year deal at 1 mil per….and then he’s gone IMO.

Kramer

December 21st, 2011
7:37 am

I voted for Avery but, Patterson would be a great addition to an already explosive offense. Would love his play making abilty on speacial teams as well.

Blackoutanyone?

December 21st, 2011
7:39 am

ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Say It Aint So

December 21st, 2011
7:46 am

What’s disturbing is 3 of the 5 have those darn dred locks. Will this fad ever go away. And add the sagging pants to that list.

Rattler

December 21st, 2011
7:46 am

Does Georgia not know how to recrute white players at all.

Freddie Fredrickson

December 21st, 2011
7:50 am

Where is all the white guys ???

JB

December 21st, 2011
7:51 am

Freddie…..Check out Duke and Vandy

pragmatic

December 21st, 2011
7:53 am

” only team to place in the top 10 of the Rivals.com recruiting rankings each year since 2002.” and waht do we have to show for it. How many Sec championships not to mention Nat. Championships

Destin Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
7:56 am

JB.. I think you;e right about Grantham as a D.C.. but it’s easier in college.. he has a good situation at UGA.. we could offer 3 more years that gets him up to a million after say the 3rd year ?

Bubba Mutt

December 21st, 2011
7:57 am

More of the same….the recruits look better anywhere outside of Georgia. Richt if you worked half as hard at contacting and recruiting the juniors in Georgia, you know, you might be surprised that these kids would love to play for UGA. Instead, you let the Alabamas, Aurburns and Floridas walk right in and sign just about anyone the want because you are locked in on some kid in North Carolina, South Florida or in Memphis. This is the reason a few years ago you had 1 QB on the roster after a kid left, this year you had 1 RB and 3 yrs ago 1 WR. Recruit GEORGIA 1st Richt….then you wouldn’t have to use some silly moniker like Dream Team to show that you’re recruiting the best every year.

pragmatic

December 21st, 2011
8:02 am

One more thing since I am in a bi*chy mood, This will make 6 years in a row that the SEC had a nat. championship team. When is UGA’s turn? We have had a weak schedule even the SEC part I mean 2 Mississippi’s,Vandy and Ky plus weak out of conference except for Boise and we are a average teamat best.

dawginduluth

December 21st, 2011
8:03 am

More gangstas, fodder for Athens PD.

Richt doesn’t know what to do with the talent.

So, don’t get excited about another underperforming top ten recruiting class.

No more titles for UGA while Richt is HC.

Dap01

December 21st, 2011
8:07 am

Clemons looks special to me. He could take over after Rambo and be something special like Thomas Davis was a few years ago.

Florida is not exactly on an upward trend at the moment, perhaps he will be a home state hero and chose UGA.

JB

December 21st, 2011
8:08 am

The inability of our offense cost the melt down of the LSU game in the second half, and it was the OC, who came out with a 180 pound fourth string RB and running between the tackles against the number one defense in the country….and handing the ball back to LSU every time with great field position. WTF.

Douglas

December 21st, 2011
8:09 am

Basketball: I think Fox is a good teaching coach and game-day coach but we are losing way too many recruits from Georgia. If he wants to keep his job, he needs to fire his recruiting coach and hire someone who can recruit in Georgia. It’s sad to see a state that has so much basketball talent leave the state for other schools.

Destin Dawg.

December 21st, 2011
8:12 am

best years are just ahead.. we replaced Evans with Mc Garity.. Martinez with Grantham.. Friend at OL.. problems at Awlbarn and Fla. now Ellis Johnson gone from S.C.. great recruits coming in… Go Dawgs.. beat Michigan State

Old Boy

December 21st, 2011
8:12 am

The reason UGA can’t offer as many juniors as Alabama or LSU is that UGA doesn’t over-recruit. If CMR has 15 slots open, he takes 15 commitments. Because of that, the UGA staff can’t afford to offer a lot of kids early because they don’t know how things will shape up. I am not saying it is illegal to over-recruit; the NCAA has done very little to stop it. I am simply saying UGA follows a different model and loses out on a lot of recruits who feel they were ‘dissed by Georgia’ because they weren’t offered early. Unless we get an early signing period or some regulation of over-recruiting, this will continue to happen.